GAZA: Rocket kills worker in Israel
A rocket fired by Gaza militants smashed into a greenhouse in an Israeli border village Thursday, killing a Thai worker in the first such death since Israel's offensive against Hamas-ruled Gaza more than a year ago. The Israeli air force responded early Friday, striking six targets in southern Gaza. The military identified the targets as three weapons-smuggling tunnels; two other tunnels that militants were digging to infiltrate into Israel; and a weapons workshop. Major Mideast mediators, among them U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, were to meet Friday in Moscow to seek a way forward on Israeli-Palestinian talks.
RUSSIA: Differing on Iran nuclear program
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, clashed openly Thursday over the planned launch this summer of Iran's first Russian-built nuclear power plant, highlighting a split in views over how to steer Iran away from nuclear weapons. Clinton said the Obama administration is opposed to the timing of the nuclear plant's startup. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced the summer startup plans Thursday, shortly after Clinton arrived for a two-day visit. Clinton is seeing Putin on Friday.
NORTH KOREA: Official executed over economy
North Korea executed an official of the ruling party last week, holding him responsible for unrest sparked by a botched currency revaluation aimed at reasserting the regime's grip on power, according to media reports. Pak Nam Gi, who was fired earlier this year from his post as Workers' Party head of finance and planning, was shot in Pyongyang for intentionally harming the country's economy, Yonhap News reported.